Cox Plate Betting

W.S Cox Plate – Saturday October 28, 2017
2040m | Weight-For-Age | Moonee Valley Racecourse | Prize money: $3,000,000

About the Cox Plate

The Group 1 2017 W.S. Cox Plate is Australia’s 2nd richest weight-for-age (WFA) race and is regarded by many as Australasia’s premier WFA race. It is held over a distance of 2040m and is run at the peculiar Moonee Valley track, which is renowned for it’s tight turns and extremely short 173m straight.

Often described by racing enthusiasts as “The best 2 minutes in sport” the 2017 edition looms as one of the most highly anticipated renewals of the race as champion mare Winx attempts to join Kingston Town (1980-82) as the only other horse to win the prestigious race 3 consecutive times.

Cox Plate History

The race is named in honour of the Moonee Valley club founder, W.S. Cox and was first run in 1922. Many great horses have gone on to become champions after winning the prestigious race, and only 10 horses have been able to win the race twice, including the champions – Phar Lap, Sunline, Northerly, Fields of Omagh and Winx. Kingston Town is the only current winner with 3 championships to its name.

Cox Plate Key Statistics

  • 3-year-olds have a terrific record in the race, despite having a low number of runners each year – they have won the race 20 times
  • T.J. Smith has been the most successful trainer of the race winning 7 editions
  • Horses who started as favourite have won the race 41%, with the shortest price favourite being Phar Lap in 1931 at $1.07


Past Cox Plate Winners


Year Horse
2016 Winx
2015 Winx
2014 Adelaide
2013 Shamus Award
2012 Ocean Park
2011 Pinker Pinker
2010 So You Think
2009 So You Think
2008 Maldivian
2007 El Segundo
2006 Fields Of Omagh
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Savabeel
2003 Fields Of Omagh
2002 Northerly
2001 Northerly
2000 Sunline
1999 Sunline
1998 Might and Power
1997 Dane Ripper

Cox Plate Betting

Early Betting

Winx is the dominant favourite in the early betting as the ‘Queen of the Turf’ aims for her 3rd consecutive Cox Plate after absolutely demolishing them the past 2 years. There is a plethora of horses next in line including the highly touted Egg Tart who has been likened to this year’s favourite. Perennial bridesmaid to Winx, Hartnell is also in the same line of betting.

Betting Options

A range of betting options exist for the Cox Plate including a win bet and a place bet. Some other forms of horse racing betting include: quinella, exacta, trifecta, first 4, quaddie and the big6.



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